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Sandy Turnbull 1906-1915 247 games 101 goals

November 15, 2009

Written by: Robi Prosser

A cultured , precise and polished inside-forward, Alexander Turnbull better known as Sandy occupies a special place in United’s History. He will forever be remember for scoring the only goal of the FA Cup final in 1909 when United lifted the famous cup for the first ever time which happened to be sandwiched between two League championships won in 1908 and 1911, these teams included the illustrius players such as Billy Meredith, Charlie Roberts and Harry Moger.
Turnbull signed for Manchester City in 1902 to begin a career that would bring him both fame and notoriety. His first full season at City he won a Second Division Championship winners medal and the following season he was in the line up that won the FA Cup.
in 1905 he was found guilty of malpractice regarding payments to players. A member of officials were sacked and all the players suspended. By the time the ban was liftedm on 31st December, 1906 Turnbull, Meredith, Herbert Burgess and Jimmy Bannister had moved to United, where they made their debut on 1st January, 1907.
Turnbull was a regular in United’s frontline untill just before the war, when he and several other players were accused of rigging a match between Liverpool and United. several stars including Turnbull were found guilty and suspended from football for life.
Sadly, the ban was of little consequence, for on 3rd May, 1917, Sandy Turnbull, a member of the “Footballer’s Battalion”, was killed in action in Arras, France.

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